Sep 23, 2019

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (ICMHR-RANGE)

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Texas, USA
Full time Mental Health/Counseling

Job Description

The clinical and programmatic activities subsumed under this position are conducted as part of the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services-Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (ICMHR-RANGE) program, an outpatient intensive clinical case management program in the Valley Coastal Bend Mental Health Care Line. The goal of the ICMHR-RANGE Program is to provide intensive clinical case management services to veterans who have chronic, severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses.


The incumbent provides a full range of therapeutic & case management services including assessments, consultations and therapies to patients in the ICMHR-RANGE program including, but not limited to:

  • Frequent, direct contacts with consumers to provide therapy and support. Frequency of contacts is increased in times of crisis.
  • Flexibility in Veteran contact (Veterans are seen in any location and with any RANGE team clinician who can provide assistance).
  • A focus on strengthening the consumer's ability to address acute and chronic problems.
  • Use of naturalistic community settings for teaching and modeling problem-solving skills.
  • Provision of continuity of care within the framework established by ICMHR-RANGE. For example, collaborates and consults with other interdisciplinary treatment teams and programs to promote and enhance the care provided.
  • Outreach and assertive provision of services to treatment resistant members.
  • Mobilization of environmental and organizational supports, including family members, professional, and other interested parties.
  • Provides evidence based individual, family or group psychotherapies based on assessment and diagnosis.
  • Offers Psycho-educational programs for Veterans, families and staff. The incumbent is also responsible for linking participants to other VA programs and to community resources.
  • Participate in team staffing regarding member selection, determination of treatment plans and goals, progress evaluation, discharge planning, and after care.
  • Work assertively and consistently with inpatient teams to assure continuity of care by providing consultation regarding clinical needs, treatment plans, and case management services for assigned members. Works to promote appropriate treatment, rehabilitation, and expeditious discharge of assigned members, consistent with program goals and with the individual treatment plans.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 

Job Requirements/Qualification:

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/12/2019. 

Basic Requirements :
  • United States Citizenship : Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. CACREP defines the date when graduates are considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Additional information may be obtained from NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical Rehabilitation counseling.
  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. 
Preferred Experience:
  • One year of clinical experience with individuals diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness.
  • One year of experience providing community-based case management/clinical services.
  • Clear documentation of experience providing evidenced-based clinical practices (i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Social Skills Training, DBT, etc.) to population diagnosed with SMI.
  • One year of experience working with an integrated disciplinary mental health clinical team.
Creditable Experience 
(1) Knowledge of Current LPMHC Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current mental health counseling practice. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice at the post- master's degree level, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional mental health counselor. 
(2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post- master's degree experience as a mental health counselor directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to LPMHC experience at the next lower grade level. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. 
(3) Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training. Fellowship and post- graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., mental health counseling. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. 
(4) Practicum in a VA Setting. VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master's degree in mental health counseling or related field 

Grade Determinations : In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. 

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-11 (Full Performance Level) 
(a) Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's or post- doctoral degree mental health counseling experience (VA or non-VA experience) and must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (c) below. LPMHCs may provide clinical supervision over the clinical practice of an unlicensed LPMHC or LPMHC trainee. Some state licenses do not license an individual to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs. Please refer to specific state licensing laws regarding the requirements for providing clinical supervision. 

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 
1. Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation. 
2. Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship. 
3. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation. 
4. Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill. 
5. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment. 
6. Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. 
7. Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices. 
8. Ability to develop and facilitate psychotherapy and psycho- education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. This may include evidence based psychotherapy. 

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G43. 

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. 

Physical Requirements: 
Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Both legs required; Walking (up to 1 hour); Standing (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable; Far vision correctable; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Operate a motor vehicle.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: . 

The master's or doctoral degree must be fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Verification of accreditation may be made obtained from

  • If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
  • If your school was accredited by CACREP at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the CACREP website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.